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Should You Adopt a Maine Coon Cat?

Everyday people adopt pets.  Sadly sometimes they are adopted for all the wrong reasons & without carefully considering.  Please, before you decide to adopt a Maine Coon or any pet for that matter, be a responsible pet owner!

One of the overlooked expenses is care for your pet.  This includes the obvious things like good nutritious food, daily cat life supplies and veterinarian care & emergency care.  Often the initial cost your paid for your Maine Coon, is just the start, of the cost of your pet, over it’s life time.  On average, the overall cost and upkeep for your Maine Coon, is about $8k if it lives to fifteen.

Another consideration is that where you are living, that you are allowed to have pets.  Some rentals simply do not allow pets.  If your considering moving in the future, will you be allowed to have pets?  Sadly, many “beloved” pets end up for adoption in shelters because they are “not allowed”.

Consider your lifestyle – how busy is it?  Working usually is not the problem, but if your rarely home at all, this can be a problem for your Main Coon cat as they are very sociable animals, requiring your attention and love.

Sometimes owning a Maine Coon cat can be compared with having a “toddler” in the house as they are intelligent and curious and get into things and can make a mess.  They may also by accident break something and if these are big deal breakers for you, you might want to think again before adopting any pet.

All babies are adorable and the Maine coon kitten is no exception.  But they do grow up to become full grown Maine Coon cats.  A cuddly cute kitten is easy to fall in love with but consider will you still want and love a full grown Maine Coon cat that may sit beside you because he has outgrown  your lap.

If you travel often, or expect to travel often, this is something that must also be considered. What will you do with your Maine Coon while you are traveling?  Sometimes, you will be able to bring it with you, but the chances are good that you won’t always be able to bring your pet along on your trip.  Are you prepared?

Do you have small children or babies? Sometimes pets and babies do not get along well. Small children who do not know better can accidentally cause the animal pain – and the animal reacts to that – well – as animals do. This typically means with teeth and claws.

Will you be able to keep your Maine Coon Cat indoors at all times, or only take it outdoors on a leash and harness? If not, don’t adopt one. Many breeders & shelters require you to sign an agreement that states that the kitten/cat will only be an indoor pet.  Cats are not dogs – they won’t stay in a fenced in yard without being restrained.

Never adopt a pet on a whim. It is something that requires a great deal of thought, because there is a great deal of responsibility attached to owning a pet.  That responsibility lasts as long as the animal lives.

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Maine Coon Cats Personality

Black Maine Coon "Bing"
Bing playing with my new scarf!

If your considering adopting a Maine Coon cat, there are a few things you should be aware of, as this is NO ordinary cat.  Your first clue, will probably be the cost of your cat, if you are purchasing your Maine Coon Cat from a reputable breeder.

The Maine coon cats personality is playful, which unlike some other breeds of cats, remains playful for their entire life.  It is important that you have a selection of toys available for them to play with.  Some that you would play together with and some that they can play on their own with.

Bing is a really curious playful cat, that is up for playful interactions and if he’s not getting enough, will certainly let me know.  Sometimes he will bring his ball, to play with or another toy, if he is in the mood to share.

It’s important, as they are very intelligent, fun spirited cats that are very sociable. Not only with you, but with other family members, pets and visitors are thoroughly inspected as well!

Naps are under rated!
Nothing like a good snooze!

Sometimes with other breeds of cats, they expect you to “drop everything”  and serve them humbly, when they fancy.
The Maine Coon isn’t like that at all.

Instead, the Maine Coon wants to be near you. He most likely will not sit in your lap for any length of time.  Many experts believe that this is because with their large size, lap sitting is uncomfortable for them.  But you can expect your Maine Coon to not only be in the same room with you at all times, but also to curl up next to you when you are sitting down – provided that there is room for him.

Bing,  is a bit different in that he loves to be cuddled and although he his too big to fit into my lap, he  always finds the best fitting position that he is comfortable and able to get hugs.  He also follows me around the house, curious.  Sometimes, he really likes to wrap himself around the back of my neck or hop on my shoulder if I’m moving about.

Your Maine Coon will want to sleep in the same room with you at night – and he will most likely expect to sleep on your bed with you. If you share a bed with someone else, such as your spouse, you can expect this new member of your family to snuggle right between the two of you. This is where he expects to sleep for the rest of his life.

Black Maine Coon Cat "Bing"
Bing’s cuddle teds

When Bing first  came home, after adoption, I started off from day 1, giving him his own place to curl up and snooze and he knows when it’s bedtime, when I go into my room and close the door, that he won’t see much of me until the morning.

He has grown accustomed to this, so they can be trained!  When I wake up in the morning and he hears me moving about, he’s at the door waiting to say good morning!

Free feeding is not recommended for Maine Coon Cats. This means that you will need to put fresh food down for them three to four times each day. The Maine Coon, being a sociable cat, does not like to eat alone.  Being an owner of two cats, they seem to enjoy each others company while eating.

Another idea is to put his food down for him, near your dining table, and feed him only when you are eating as well. This way, he has company for his breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the evening, when you get a snack for yourself, don’t be surprised if your cat is there wanting a snack too!

Bing loves to play and the best part is most “toys” that entertain him aren’t expensive.  One of his favorites is the Cat Dancer, which he never seems to tire of. He’s not shy to remind me of play time and is known to drag and drop it right beside you, as if to say, here it is, let’s play NOW!

They are also know how to express themselves through talking and chirping.   When Bing is looking out the window and sees a bird he too does that chirping thing.

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